The incident occurred as the rock band performed at The Opera House at the weekend. Drummer Jorma Vik wrote on Facebook that a man had "got his ear bitten" off following the show, adding "First time for everything I guess!" He later deleted the post.

After that, Athena Ellinas-Towers, the general manager of the venue, confirmed the gruesome news, telling "I didn’t witness anything, but there was a confrontation between two individuals.

"The one gentleman that instigated the whole thing was arrested and charged. I’m not sure of the charges; I just saw him being arrested. The police haven’t followed up with me yet. We called them because this is a serious offence."

According to Ellinas-Towers, a female fan in the crowd stepped in to pick up the loose ear from the ground. It was then given to staff at The Opera House, who kept it on ice until paramedics arrived.

"This is a first" she said. "I didn’t actually believe it when someone came up to me and told me what happened."

The news was further confirmed by photographer Gary William Ogle, who was at the gig. He posted a picture of the ear on the floor, writing: "At the Eagles of Death Metal show where a MAN BIT A PART OF ANOTHER MAN'S EAR OFF."

Last November, the Eagles of Death Metal were performing at Paris' Bataclan music venue when gunmen stormed the venue and opened fire, killing 89 people.

The band were able to escape unharmed, but frontman Jesse Hughes recently caused huge scandal when he said in an interview with America's Fox Business Network that he alleged security at the venue may have been involved.

He later released a statement apologising for his comments, admitting his claims were "unfounded and baseless".